What is a Rhinoplasty?
At The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester, Rhinoplasty surgery is used to alter the size and shape of a patient’s nose. Our surgeons in Rochester can perform nose surgery to reduce or increase the size of your nose, to alter the shape of the bridge or the tip, reduce the width of your nostrils, or correct the way your nose is positioned. Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct a birth defect or injury to the nose, and to help relieve nose-related problems with breathing.
Nose Surgery Procedure
The Rhinoplasty surgery usually takes about one or two hours, although in some cases, more complicated operations may take more time. First, the skin is separated from the cartilage and bone that make up the structure of the nose.
After making the incisions, your surgeon sculpts the underlying structure of your nose into the desired shape. The type of sculpting performed will depend on the decisions you and your surgeon have made concerning what your new nose should look like.
At the end of the rhinoplasty procedure, your plastic surgeon pulls the skin back down over the newly-sculpted nose structure. All incisions are sealed with stitches. Dressings and splints will usually be off by the end of the first week after the rhinoplasty surgery.
Types of Rhinoplasty
Your plastic surgeon at the Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester may perform rhinoplasty from inside the nose, or from outside the nose. From inside the nose, the incisions are located inside the nostrils. Your plastic surgeon may, on the other hand, prefer to perform rhinoplasty as an “open” procedure. “Open” rhinoplasty is often used in more complicated cases.
Schedule a consultation
If you have been considering nose surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons to learn more about the procedure and how it can improve the appearance and shape of your nose. The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester is located in Rochester NY. Contact our office at (585) 922-5840 or schedule a consultation online.